Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Day 19: My Dream Home Destination
You may or may not have noticed that technically, I should be on Day 20. I kinda skipped yesterday, because I was frantically woken up at 6:10 yesterday morning by Peanut. I overslept. Big time. Although it's not really that surprising. A field trip on Friday, up at 3:30am on Saturday, gone all day for another field trip, a day full of shopping on Sunday. I was EX-HAUSTED!
So, needless to say, I had just enough time to roll out of bed, get dressed, and rush to work yesterday morning.
Today, I am to answer if I could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Well, I guess I should start out by saying that if I could move anywhere, as in a different country, state, or whatever - I probably wouldn't. Just because I have to be close to my family and my job and there's no moving away from them any time soon. Now, if the option was to just move out of this house - I'd jump on it in a heart beat. I'd take anywhere. Anything. In a twenty mile vicinity from where I am right now. Cause it would be better than what I'm living in... but that time will come when I will get to move and leave this house in my dust.
I think today is more about dream destinations. The Bahamas, Hawaii, maybe even Paris? I don't know. But, really, if I could and money and work and all that weren't hurdles - I don't know where I'd go.. specifically. There's only one place I'd really love to live, and that would be by the water.
Ocean, lake, river... I'm not picky. I would just love the chance to wake up every morning and look out over the water. Drink a cup of coffee on my balcony and soak it all in. I could spend hours just sitting and looking at the water. It's my calm place. If you're a horoscope person, you'd probably say it's because I'm an Aquarius, a water sign. That's what I've been told, anyway.
I don't know what it has to do with anything except for the fact that I absolutely love being by the water. I don't think I'd be a very productive person if I did have my dream house by the water front. I would take up daybreak yoga. I would swim a lot. I would fish. I would read and read and read some more. I would be in my own little paradise.
So, now that I think about it, I would have to move there after my kids have all left home, and after I've retired. Because once I'm there, I probably wouldn't leave very often.
All of my life, I've always enjoyed visits to the lake. We live by a few, and I've gone camping and fishing out by the lakes many, many times. I've taken drives out to the lake, by myself, on days that I just need to get away from everything and everyone. Sometimes I've gone to cry, other times to think. Most times, I haven't told anyone I've gone - I've just disappeared on a shopping trip or other destination and ended up there just sitting and looking out over the water. The water offers me calmness and clarity. I spent a lot of time out by the lake while job hunting. I'd go to an interview, and end up at the lake processing.
I remember the exact moment I feel in love with being by the water because of the calmness and tranquility it gave me, and know that was when I wished I could live by the lake. I was 16. My boyfriend at the time took me out for a drive to the lake. Not for anything bad... to just talk.. and sit...and enjoy the quiet. We sat by the lake for hours sharing our future dreams. We were going to get married and have a big house that looked out over the lake. We were going to wake up every morning and enjoy the sunrise, and sit and watch the sunsets together.
That, obviously, didn't happen... but I did take away the dream that I have held on to since.
I enjoyed the lakes, however, even as a young child. My dad would take me fishing and I just enjoyed every minute of it. Hooking worms and getting dirty from smelly fish didn't bother me. I never got squirmy or "girlish". Bugs have never bothered me when I'm by the water. It's almost like I'm a different person when I'm there.
The highlight of the past couple of years with my own kids have been camping trips out by the lake. We pitch a tent, build a fire, set up our fishing poles, and spend the weekend "roughing it". Our camping trips have been our mini vacations, and the kids love being there just as much as I do.
Anywho, I suppose there you have it. My dream home destination would be by the water. Maybe one day, I'll end up out there... but for now, I'm just going to focus on moving out of this house. That's really my dream destination. HA!